Hugh Hewitt’s “Outside the Tent” piece appears in this morning’s L.A. Times. Its title is Cover the Terror War as a War.
What Hugh has done is admirable. He properly considers the war on terror to be the main issue facing the country, so he has put aside his concerns about liberal bias, in order to encourage the paper to do a proper job of covering the war.
Hugh’s approach may also reflect a realization that it is impossible to make a comprehensive case for the paper’s liberal bias in the few paragraphs allotted to him.
If I am invited to contribute to this feature, my guess is that I will push a long-standing idea of mine: place important corrections in a more prominent space in the paper. If an error is substantive, the correction should be as prominent as the original story. If the error undermines the fundamental premise of a story, the paper should run an entirely new story explaining the error and its significance. Not only will this keep readers better informed, since they will be more likely to see the correction, but it might also be an added incentive to get important stories right the first time.